Title - 'Early Morning Star'
Artist - Bob Gluck
For those not in the know, Bob Gluck is a pianist, composer, writer, rabbi, educator.
Gluck has also been described as "...an accomplished and passionate pianist in the most elusive tradition of avant-garde masters Cecil Taylor, Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner, and Don Pullen." (Chronogram).
Raised in New York as a conservatory student and political activist, Gluck spent many years away from music, leading a life as a rabbi, where he began to consider how playing music can be a form of spiritual experience.
Bob Gluck’s return to the piano in 2005 marked the beginning of unique, continually unfolding career as a musician, educator and writer.
With influences as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Jimi Hendrix, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Gluck discovered a way to marry interests in electronic music with his love of jazz.
His approach as a pianist and composer is like a creative caldron that intuitively merges intuition with a broad sonic palate.
Lyricism and abstraction find a shared home. Gluck, a natural communicator, teaches music at the University at Albany.
Gluck's brand new recording, Early Morning Star (out June 15th, 2020 via FMR Records), features Andrea Wolper (voice), Kinan Azmeh (clarinet), Ken Filiano (bass), and Tani Tabbal (drums), and has already become one of my Top 10 albums of the year thus far!
1. 'A Time of Singing'
2. 'Early Morning Star'
5. 'For Today'
6. 'Friday Song'
7. 'Here Now'
8. 'Never Ceasing'
9. 'Not For Today'
10. 'Today Today'
11. 'Tzur Mishelo/Los Bilbilco'
A welcome successor to Gluck’s highly regarded FMR recordings: Sideways (2008), Something Quiet (2011), Returning (2011), and Infinite Spirit: Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band (2016), this new 11-track album opens with the gently lush, smoothly operatic at times 'A Time of Singing,' and backs that seamlessly with the dulcet majesty of reflective expressions found within the title track, 'Early Morning Star.'
The temperature is turned up next for the frenetic, yet warmly controlled clarinet-based 'Emerge-ency,' which is followed by the wistful 'Flowing,' and then the quiet piano elegance of 'For Today.'
The ornately growing ambiance of 'Friday Song' is then followed by the playfully perky 'Here Now,' which in turn is backed by the disciplined melodies found within 'Never Ceasing.'
The album the rounds out with more of Gluck's sumptuous piano work on 'Not For Today,' the stealthy budding of 'Today Today' (which also features some rather lovely interplay between bass and clarinet early on), before coming to a close on the delicately grand opulence of 'Tzur Mishelo/Los Bilbilco.'
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